How to conduct yourself in an interview

Congratulations! You’ve been called in for an interview for your dream job. So how do you make sure that you conduct yourself well enough here so that you get hired? Here are some pointers.

Be on time

Heavy traffic in South Africa is a reality. We can’t get away from it, so be sure to make allowances for this. If you know that it’s going to take you half an hour to get to your interview, leave with an hour to spare. If you’re using public transport, give yourself a bit more time as delays here will be beyond your control. If you arrive more than 15 minutes early, don’t go into the office. Rather sit in your car or in a nearby coffee shop until it’s time to go in.

Dress appropriately

If you’re going for an interview for a job as a stock broker, don’t arrive in jeans and takkies. At the same time, if you’re going for an interview as a personal trainer don’t arrive in a three-piece suit. Make sure that the way you dress for the interview is appropriate for the work environment. This shows that you understand where you could be working and will show your prospective employer whether or not you’ll be a good fit for the company culture.

Be polite

During the interview, answer all questions extremely politely. Don’t be too casual, but at the same time, be friendly. Let your personality shine and give your interviewers every reason to hire you.

Something to keep in mind

According to the Employment Equity Act, employers are not allowed to discriminate against job candidates based on race, gender, sexual preferences, etc. In practice this means, for example, that they are not allowed to ask you – in a job interview – if you are pregnant or are planning to have children. If you are faced with a situation like this, politely avoid the question and continue with the interview. More often than not, the interviewer will realise that they’ve overstepped their boundaries and will move on to other questions.

If you follow this advice and approach an interview calmly, you’ll be well on your way to finding the perfect job for you!